Autumn Self Care and Acupuncture
Caring for Yourself – in COVID Times
Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else, in order to care for yourself.Many people give out so much that they have little to keep themselves going – loosing the balance in life. Through COVID times this has often come more apparent – with work, caring and family becoming overpowering and not having time to relax and receive. In the last 18 months many of people have taken no time off work or responsibilities because they could not go away on holiday – all work no rest. As Autumn approaches it is vital to care for yourself, to prepare your immune system for the Winter months.
We have all heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on your own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. This advice is often seen as a metaphor for self-care because it so accurately expresses why it is important.
Few situations in our daily lives mimic the wake-up call of an airplane emergency except maybe COVID. So often self-care is put off for later. Only when you get sick, overwhelmed, or too exhausted, to do day to day tasks that notice is taken. Take action before this happens – look after you!
Self-Care is Not Selfish
Taking care of ourselves is neither selfish nor indulgent; it’s just plain practical.
Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else in order to say yes to yourself. For many of us, there is always something we feel we could be doing for someone else, and it helps to remember the oxygen metaphor. You can even encourage yourself by saying – I am caring for myself so that I am better able to care for others.
Small Acts of Self Care
It also helps to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be composed of massively time-consuming acts. In fact, the best act for taking care of yourself is probably small, daily rituals. Taking some time for yourself at some time in your day. To meditate, walk in the fresh air, sit with a cup of tea and look out of the window or just be – even if it is only five minutes You might also transform the occasional daily shower or bath into a half-hour self-pampering session. Even mindfully washing up – be aware of yourself.
Time to Breathe
The oxygen you need is all around you; sometimes you just need to be reminded to breath, stop for a moment or more and be still.
Acupuncture for Self-Care
Traditional Five Element Acupuncture is an ideal way to give yourself that self-care you need. When you first come for Acupuncture, you would come weekly to build and rebalance. Then the beauty of Acupuncture is that is a preventative medicine (and has been for thousands of years) therefore coming each month or six weeks gives you lovely treatment to care for you and time for you to stop.
For information and Acupuncture Treatment contact Hannah on;- https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/contact/